This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “THE SEVENTH LIFE PATH ” BY SIRENIA 2015

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The Seventh Lie Path the last album of Sirenia is something personal try of Morten Veland  ( ex – Tristania) to turn the sound of the band in more dark gothic symphonic metal. They change  label and return to Napalm Records (with the past musical roots ) from Nuclear Blast Records ( they had stuck in neutral albums). This is more powerful album melting to dark and rich the gothic atmosphere . Ailyn voice improved better growing with the character of the band. About the cover artwork we see a character of death standing  behind a white dressed woman.A girl without face (with a hood). Is like a big eye that watches the fate of humans.Between her fingers something falls like the sand into a hourglass.

Let’s see track by track the songs of the album:

1. “Seti” :

This is the instrumental intro of the album  which is full of symphonic arrangements and power chorus.

RUNNING TIME: 2.05

RATING : 9/10

2. “Serpent” : 

Starts with chorus , heavy guitars and power drums, the female voice enters louder and follow her the male growls.In this song Ailyn singing with delicate – echo voice.The guitar solo is very good.The whole track has many dark gothic metal elements.

RUNNING TIME: 6.31

RATING : 9.5/10

3. “Once My Light” : 

Good gothic melody , with great guitars and bass work.The drums seems at times little weaker than the other instruments and Ailyn’s voice is weak in vocal range.

RUNNING TIME: 7.21

RATING : 8/10

“Elixir” (featuring Joakim Næss) :  

Traditional gothic/ dark wave sound with clean and guttural male vocals.Classic guitar solo with atmospheric melody.The female vocals enters near to the end of the track less than 1 minute.

RUNNING TIME: 5.45

RATING : 7/10

5. “Sons of the North” :

The track is an aggressive composition mixed  Norwegian black metal influences with traditional gothic metal.The harsh vocals have some doom metal trance.The female vocals keep the balance with the backing chorus.The keyboards provide as ell the track and the arrangements are epic.

RUNNING TIME: 8.16

RATING : 9.5/10

6. “Earendel” :

One more big in time track with progressive and folk elements, melodic female voice which try to calm the song.The guitar solo is good with pounding drums and symphonic arrangements.

RUNNING TIME: 6.14

RATING : 9/10

7. “Concealed Disdain” :

A dark gothic symphonic piece which follow classical recipe. The diversity of the sound is strong. In this song the quality of Ailyn’s  vocals in the lighter passages showcases her ability to operatic singing.

RUNNING TIME: 6.11

RATING : 9/10

8. “Insania” :

We have here a high energy symphonic piece ,  with  pounding drums and riffing guitars as some guttural growls come into play and after the operatic style female vocals give balance to the song under the backing chorus.A overpowering track maybe with some monolith sound.

RUNNING TIME: 6.39

RATING : 8.5/10

9. “Contemptuous Quietus” :  

Another track that remind to us something from the past album “An Elixir for \Existence”. The number is full of different textures to hold your attention with good keyboard work and symphonic arrangement.

RUNNING TIME: 6.29

RATING : 8.5/10

10. “The Silver Eye” :

The most impressive track with good melody some Pagan metal elements ,excellent keyboard playing ,heavy sounding riffs and Viking chorus. The guttural male growls are in accompanied with the melodic female voice.

RUNNING TIME: 7.29

RATING : 9.5/10

11. “Tragedienne” :

A delicate melody ,100% a song for the voice of Ailyn, maybe too soft after the previous heavy symphonic compositions but the sad smooth voice of her has very much feeling.

RUNNING TIME: 4.54

RATING : 10/10

12. “Tragica” (bonus track):

The same song as the previous track  but in native language of Ailyn (in Spanish ) with very sad melodic piano.

RUNNING TIME: 4.55

RATING : 10/10

Finally is not the best album of Sirenia , is noy one of the best album of symphonic metal in 2015 but is a very good album with pretty much great  compositions and I am sure that the fans of Sirenia will enjoy this. The rest  maybe will wait something better in the future.

RATING : 8.9610

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